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Universal Design

example of universally designed playspaceUniversal Design is a set of seven principles developed at the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. Beyond simply providing access to people with physical disabilities, Universal Design envisions solutions that accommodate as many people as possible. The principles of Universal Design consider young and old, right- and left-handed, people with children, and the elderly. The principles responded to several movements: increased independence and purchase power among people with disabilities, an aging global population, and the inadequacy of adaptive/assistive technologies.

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